verb (used without object), glid·ed, glid·ing.
- to move in the air, especially at an easy angle downward, with less engine power than for level flight, solely by the action of air currents and gravity, or by momentum already acquired.
- to fly in a glider.
verb (used with object), glid·ed, glid·ing.
- a speech sound having the characteristics of both a consonant and a vowel, especially w in wore and y in your, and, in some analyses, r in road and l in load; semivowel.
- a transitional sound heard during the articulation linking two phonemically contiguous sounds, as the y-sound often heard between the i and e of quiet.
Origin of glide
Examples from the Web for glide
With the South Carolina GOP primary behind him, Sen. Lindsey Graham appears to be on a glide path to re-election.T-Rav: The Reality TV Star Running for Senate in South Carolina|Patricia Murphy|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He started to glide the window back up to get out of the car, and at once the officer began to beat his gun butt on the window.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul|Rilla Askew|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I describe the pink hued iridescent bubbles in the bathtub, and the way they glide away from my skin as if it's made of silk.
McAuliffe had been given a glide path to the nomination and had the active support of almost every Democratic elected official.How the Richer, Better Run Campaign Barely Won in Virginia|Ben Jacobs|November 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Immigration reform is on a glide path out of the Senate, reports Michelle Cottle, but may yet crash in the House.House Republicans Brace for Crazy-Making Intraparty Immigration Fight|Michelle Cottle|June 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The new battleship trembled in the ways, ready to glide into the sea.A Book Without A Title|George Jean Nathan
He must land when the end of his glide brings him to the ground.Opportunities in Aviation|Arthur Sweetser
Both are lulled by the familiar sound of the set phrase or word and glide easily over them.International Language|Walter J. Clark
I have attained such skill that I doubt if my days ever at any time seemed to glide by so fast.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James
A little of this is made to glide lightly over the gold, with a very soft brush.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
British Dictionary definitions for glide
- any of various dances featuring gliding steps
- a step in such a dance
- a long portion of tubing slipped in and out of a trombone to increase its length for the production of lower harmonic seriesSee also valve (def. 5)
- a portamento or slur
- a transitional sound as the speech organs pass from the articulatory position of one speech sound to that of the next, as the (w) sound in some pronunciations of the word doing
- another word for semivowel
Word Origin for glide
Word Origin and History for glide
Old English glidan "move along smoothly and easily, glide, slip, slide" (class I strong verb, past tense glad, past participle gliden), from West Germanic *glidan "to glide" (cf. Old Saxon glidan, Old Frisian glida, German gleiten). Related: Glided; gliding. Strong past tense form glid persisted into 20c. The noun is attested 1580s, from the verb.